Graduate Study in the US and Europe


A postgraduate qualification could improve your career prospects. It’s also a big commitment, so it’s important to ensure you’re choosing the right course, for the right reasons. If you’re considering Graduate Study in the US or Europe: course, funding and scholarship application deadlines can have early closing dates ……….

Tips from UCD Career Development Centre


  • For graduate qualifications in Europe, check the Qualifications Framework of the country you’re considering applying to study in – to ensure you’re applying for the right level of qualification.
  • Check application deadlines for graduate study programmes you’re interested in and be aware of early closing dates; many overseas programmes have very early deadlines.
  • Keep an eye on for relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations.
  • Make an appointment with a Career & Skills Consultant at the UCD Career Development Centre to find out more about overseas graduate study opportunities.

Ericsson Masters in Applied Software Technology – plus a permanent job

Ericsson and ICT Ireland logos








Ericsson and ICT Ireland logos

LM ERICSSON in association with the ICT Ireland Federation is offering a one year, full-time Masters in Applied Software Technology which will be free to participants and include a three month paid internship with the company and a full-time permanent job as a software engineer in Ericsson on satisfactory completion.

The Masters is delivered both in the Dublin Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology. It offers an integrated approach to delivering end to end software development skills. From computing fundamentals and software design to implementation and testing, the entire lifecycle of software development is covered. The programme focuses on the practical problem-solving skills required for software engineering. Programme participants will also gain an integrated and critical knowledge of the skills and particular technologies used in ICT product development today.

Screening and selection of candidates will take place during the Spring-Summer with the programme starting in September 2015.

The programme is geared primarily to unemployed graduates who are Irish or EEA nationals. Participants will not be entitled to retain any social welfare payments while attending the course but Ericsson is funding a Bursary to assist participants with expenses. Candidates should preferably have at a 2.1 Honours Primary Degree in a relevant cognate discipline. This category includes (but is not limited to) Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Data Networking etc. but qualified applicants from any discipline with significant content in Maths, Problem Solving, Logic and Critical Thinking will receive consideration.

Each application will be considered on its individual merits. Candidates will undertake a course in advance of commencing the Masters to prepare and qualify them in the range of subject areas to be covered on the Masters programme. This course in the Fundamentals of Computer Programming (FCP) will lead to a Certificate in Software Engineering.


Entry to the programme is on the basis of a competitive selection process based on criteria which are available upon request. Prospective candidates may be requested to attend for interview,
undertake tests or other selection procedures. Making an application is not a guarantee of selection. Applications are treated in strictest confidence. In making an application, applicants
accept that no feedback will be provided to them, or any other party, regarding the selection process, or any reasons for their non-selection.

To apply please email your CV to, making sure to include the following information on it:

  • A sentence confirming you are an Irish or EEA national or resident in Republic of Ireland on a Stamp 4 VISA
  • Nationality
  • Home address
  • Phone number and email address
  • Full details of educational qualifications (College, name of course and grade awarded (or expected) eg 2.1, 1.1 etc.)

What Previous Participants Are Saying

“This is a very challenging and rewarding experience. It has given me a thorough grounding in (among others) Enterprise Java, Web Development, Scripting languages IP Networking, Database Technologies, Software Design, and Distributed Systems. The facilities are excellent, with dedicated labs, and ready access to teaching staff. The opportunities that extend from the course are excellent with a high probability of immediate employment in the software industry.”
John Jeffries

“The course is fast paced with a multitude of interesting and varying subjects. Teamwork is vital in any workplace and never have I witnessed such an emphasis on teamwork than through this course. The interaction with the sponsoring company is a huge plus as it makes you feel like a member of the team, it also gives you an insight to how projects may be run in a work scenario. Overall it is a challenging but extremely rewarding and thought provoking course with a wide range of subjects to give anyone a fantastic arsenal of skills to approach the working world.”
Ben Moore

“Initially I was amazed at the diversity of the students various backgrounds, from age to profession to experience. The year is very intense with a heavy workload and dedication is definitely the key to success. There is a dedicated lab for students which I have found to be invaluable along with the student mantra of sharing knowledge and helping each other as far as possible.”
Orla Brooks

“Having come into the course from a non computer background I thought that the course could prove too much for me. However I have found the level of tuition to be exceptionally high and was well guided to the correct topics for
self learning in order to succeed. The course moves at a fast pace with a wide range of interesting subjects. There is a high level of interaction between the students and Ericsson which gives you an unprecedented insight into company operations. The programme overall is highly rewarding and provides a great challenge to learn new skills or to up-skill to enter the working world as a Software Engineer.”
Shane Cowzer

2014 Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

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Do you have strong leadership skills and possess a passion for computer science?  Google are still inviting applications to the ‘Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities‘ initiative. This scholarship is worth €7,000. The deadline for all applications is Monday 17th February 2014.

Access to knowledge is Google’s passion. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, Google doesn’t want anything to stand in the way. That’s why Google, in partnership with EmployAbility, is proud to present the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships for Computer Science students with disabilities.

Recipients of the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities will each receive a €7,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicant’s academic background, leadership skills and demonstrated passion for Computer Science.